Monday, April 20, 2009

Trying not to worry ...

... I decided to make a few cards last evening while I still had a little energy left. Upon arriving here at the Cleveland Clinic this morning I found that Mark had a very rough night. He spiked a fever and the mouth pain is just awful!! He's pretty much out of it today and they're keeping a close eye on him. They have him on a couple different antibiotics and gave him fluids and are doing what they can to help him stay comfortable until his number start to rise again. It's going to be a long couple of day!!! Just to give you some idea what the "numbers" are ... when he was admitted last week, his white count was over 4,000 ... today it is 20!! That is why he feels so poorly and why his mouth is so terribly sore. This is the way it's supposed to work but like I said before ... not an easy process!!! Please pray his numbers come back up quicker than normal ... this is so tough!!!

On to happier thoughts ... my creations!! The first card I made was a simple Black & White ... just trying to get my creative juices flowing. The base card is Whisper White and Panel #2 has been Cuttlebugged using the birds/swirls embossing folder then matted with Basic Black. Panel #3 was an image from the Inkadinkado (Flourishes) set which I stamped with Versafine Black and embossed with Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Distressed the edges a bit then matted with Basic Black. I've also done paper piercing around the edge of the black mat. The satin ribbon came from Michaels and the flowers are by The Paper Studio. Plain & simple yet has a touch of elegance. What do you think?

For my second card, I chose to use one of the Stampin' Up "Seaside Sketches" images. I stamped the image onto white cardstock, embossed with detail clear embossing powder then masked using the Eclipse Masking medium. I used chalks & a makeup applicator to color the background then added the bird which came from an Inkadinkado set called "Coastal". The sentiment & sun are also from that same set. I've used a round tip black marker from Creative Memories to edge both the image & it's matting. The image & the sun have been popped up with dimensional tape. The background panel was a scrap I had left over from making cards for the nurses here at the clinic and I've used my new Martha Stewart "Arch Trellis" border punch for the bottom. I also punched a scrap of Soft Sky cardstock and slid in behind the background panel and finally matted with Basic Black.

I recently purchased a stamp set called "Vintage Farmhouse" by Fiskars and couldn't wait to see what I could create with it. The large background image is perfect for my love of Vintage!! I inked it up using Versafine Sepia and stamped it only Ivory cardstock. The medallion is also an image from this set and it too was inked using the same ink onto the same cardstock. I then cut it out using my swivel craft knife and with a makeup applicator, inked around the edge using SU Pink Pirouette ink. The sentiment comes from an Impression Obsession set. My base card is Pink Pirouette and the ribbons are Chocolate Chip by SU and pink grosgrain by Offray. The medallion has been popped up with dimensional tape and the Prima flowers were centered with antique brass brads.

This last card was made this morning while I was waiting for the rain to slow down before heading out onto the interstate. The image is by Hero Arts and the background paper is by Sandylion. My base card is Ruby Red and the butterfly made using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Butterfly diecut was also embellished with Liquid Pearls as were the spaces in between the faux stitching. The black organza ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. This is probably my LEAST favorite card of the four but that's what happens when you are trying to RUSH creativity!!

Don't forget you can click on any of the images for a larger view. Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you all a wonderful Monday!!


  1. Oh, Darlene, I'm so sorry that Mark's having such a rough time! Hugs to both of you!

  2. Oh Darlene. I am sending out huge hugs and lots of prayers for you. I know it must be hard on you too. I am so glad that you have your stamping. Would it be possible to send you a card. Let me know. I will keep you in my thoughts.

  3. These cards are beautiful Darlene! You're in my thoughts...

  4. All your cards are stunning Darlene but I especially love the black and white one. PERFECT design! Of course you know that you and Mark and in my prayers. ((HUGS)) - Kris

  5. I'm sorry that Mark is having such a hard time but pray that things will turn around soon for you both! The cards are great...I don't know how you can do it right now!

  6. Its amazing to me that you are able to do anything at all considering the circumstances but then to creat such BEAUTIFUL works of art is truly amazing. You must find a lot of comfort through your craft: it shows. Still praying for Mark!

  7. Oh Darlene, it breaks my heart to know the pain you are both dealing with now - I think of you so often each day and night, and I pray all goes well. I'm so sorry you two are having to go through this. Take care

  8. These are all wonderful! Hope everything's going better...thoughts & prayers to you.

  9. I really like the black and white one. The embossing is so pretty!


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